So, Tom how did you decide which characters merited verses of four-line, six line or more?

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So, Tom how did you decide which characters merited verses of four-line, six line or more?

So, Tom how did you decide which characters merited verses of four-line, six line or more?

No real science here, folks! I tried to stick to my original principles of education, information and entertainment. I did not want repetitive four-line verses – although there are probably more of this style than any other and I wanted the styles to be variable. All of this influenced my thinking as I tackled each character and I needed to ensure that the verses were relatively simple to understand whilst at the same time thought provoking.

In my opinion, the world of poetry can often be arrogant and pretentious – snobbish I suppose is the word – and that is certainly my experience of reading free style poetry, much of which I fail to understand. I wanted to make sure that whilst there was sufficient subtlety in the narrative there was no pretentiousness.

As far as the length of each is concerned, the answer to that is I simply let it flow once I had decided the theme and the message. None could be too long otherwise the reader will lose interest but those with a story, like Jimmy the Giraffe, tended to be lengthier.

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